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How to shoot a firework display like the pros!

Posted by skyart
Feb 09 2011

Ok admit it, you spend way too much money on fireworks!

That's right the very fact your reading this means you have smelt the smoke...there's no turning back! Let www.usfireworks.biz help you learn to shoot a professional style display right in your own backyard with consumer fireworks with this blog series.

Let's start with a simple introduction, between now and the 4th of july we will post frequent updates from the very basics such as safety, fusing tips, how to set up angles boards and eventually discuss firing highly technical pyromusicals with professional firing systems. Your welcome to follow along and decide what level you are ready for...a great backtard display can be achieved for less than you might think!

Here is two example videos of the ends of the spectrum we will cover. This first video is a simple angle board a customer shot on New Years Eve: firework video

And here is a video of a 6 minute pyromusical (which usfireworks.biz supplied product for) shot at last years NFA convention by Dominator Fireworks. Here is the pyro musical Pyro Musical

Stay Tuned.....

.....Welcome back!

Angle Boards

Today we will discuss how to achieve a display as seen in the first fireworks video above, which can be accomplished for under $200.00!

That quick show was fired on New years Eve off of just one angle board as seen in this picture.

As you can see an angle board can easily be constructed from scrap lumber, likely you have what you need in the garage right now! A 2x4 on edge is all that is needed, and recomended for the angle this gives the fireworks plenty of separation in the sky to achieve the "V" shape with the smaller cakes firing, with the larger 500g cake firing straight up the center of those.

The fuse used can be purchased on the web and is simple to obtain, we will go more into depth soon about fusing techniques for guaranteed firing of all items. The goal of an angle board is simple, to create something interesting, and symmetrical in the sky...we highly recommend for the smaller angled cakes you use a cake with colored pearls or tails such as the 200g cake Backyard Perfection as it rises to add another dimenion and really show off that "V"

It is very important that you secure the fireworks to the board! We recommend either, liquid nails, silicone or even heavy duty duct tape...just make sure they are stuck good and cannot tip, and also make sure if they do that nothing is in range!

Did you even finish reading this....or are you out in the garage looking for scraps to make your first angle board? Get it done and check back the 4th will be here before you know it and we have a lot of work to do if your gonna show up the city's display this year!

Next we will talk racks and fusing....

Hey pyro's! Let's talk racks. Racks is a general term for any device designed to SAFELY and securely fire a firework device. The standard cardboard, fiberglass and even hdpe mortars that come with reloadable shell kits work great, but we have all seen them tip over whle firing the shell and their uses is very limited before they are ruined. There is actually a new law that now requires the large cannister shell kits to come packed with 4 mortars now! Here is a picture of a standard consumer rack for firing 1 3/4" reloadable shells which includes the majority of all shells sole in the USA, with the exception of the smaller black box and festival ball kits which are closer to 1 1/2" and we do not recommend using those in these mortars as they may fit too loosely and not get proper height. The rack in the picture below is commonly combined with other racks, and/or stabilized with rebar rods to prevent tipping.

Too many people only think shells when discussing racks, when they actually have uses for a variety of fireworks! Here is a cool candle rack we found a picture and video of and is a great example of how someone used a creative rack idea to take a boring old roman candle and turn them into something awesome! They cleverly used plywood and inexpensive conduit clamps to safely hold the candles.

Here is the video, ROMAN CANDLE RACK FIRING you can see sticky match was used to fuse the candles to all go off, we will cover sticky match and fusng more in the next update.

In the image below we see someone got creative with perforated angle iron (commonly used for garage door opener installations) and made a rocket rack, another inexpensive yet innovative idea! This is a much safer alternative than bottles or PVC pipe for firing rockets, we really would not recommend either. It looks like there's 2 sky rockets loaded and waiting for dark. Click here and check out our selection of Sky Rockets.

Check back soon for an update on fusing techniques to put all these ideas of angle boards and racks together and ready for an actual show, that you can sit back and enjoy with your audience! For those reading this blog, here is an unadvertised special on 1 1/4" high quality fiberglass mortars to fill the racks you need to build, At a price we guarantee you won't find at any other discount fireworks or online fireworks stores! FIREWORK MORTARS Getting excited about the 4th of July yet?


Death Toll Rises in China

Posted by skyart
Feb 06 2011

More sad news out of China this morning, a forest fire killed 6 and injured several more in east China's Zhejiang Province, a local official said Sunday. This brings the known total confirmed firework related deaths to 9 in 2011 as of this writing.

Other confirmed deaths were in a large Hotel that was gutted during the first night of celebrations in Beijing, the secong large Hotel fire in recent years diring the celebration, also blamed on fireworks.

The deaths were suffered by locals trying to fight the raging fire which took several hours and many men to bring under control.

2011 is the year of the Rabbit, and the celebration started February 3rd and runs for almost 2 weeks. In China residents are allowed much larger fireworks than traditionally allowed in many countries, and their corresponding injury reports seem to reflect that fact, and could lead the government to look at restrictions in the global home of fireworks, where they have been making them for thousands of years.


USA leading the world in fireworks safety.

Posted by skyart
Feb 06 2011

"Two men Killed by fireworks" "Hundreds Injured by fireworks"

"Massive fireworks fire guts 5 star hotel" "Year of the Rabbit starts with disaster"

The Chinese New Year got off to a rough start, with the second high rise hotel in recent years being gutted at a cost of millions of dollars, and local residents all across China injuring themselves and bystanders with powerful fireworks, news very contradictory to their beliefs of the fireworks driving away demons and ensuring a healthy and prosperous year!

Reports from just one hospital in Beijing state that in just the first night of Chinese New Year, Two men were killed and at least 223 injured in Beijing amid traditional New Year fireworks frenzy that lasted from Wednesday evening to Thursday noon, In Beijing Tongren Hospital, 78 of the 85 patients injured by fireworks received treatment for eye injuries, and children accounted for one-quarter of the injured. In reality the injured persons likely number in the thousands across the countryside.

In China residents have access to much more powerful fireworks than we do in the USA, where 60g limits per shell and 500g limits per cake minimize stories like the above from happening here, and through efforts from organizations such as the National Council on Fireworks Safety injury numbers in the USA have steadily declined annually for over a decade now. Most serious firework injuries in the USA are caused by illegal fireworks, or homemade explosice devices. Consumer fireworks here simply don't pack the punch, and stricter testing standards have increased the level of quality packaging forther reducing incidents.

The tides have turned so much in the USA, that the only deaths we were able to find documented in recent times were caused by professional display fireworks where accidents occured and caused severe injury, most commonly to the technicians in close proximity to the fireworks. Stories similar to the above headlines in China are being repeated in other countries, so the USA can hold it's head high with it's reputation as one of the safest fireworks using countries in the world. The FACT remains, that more people are injured every year riding bicycles annually in the US than celebrating with fireworks, yet government agencies such as CPSC, the NFPA and DOT continue efforts to further restrict their quality and availability, seemingly targeting the larger cakes, rockets and shells...while emergency room reports show the vast majority of injuries come from the smallest items such as sparklers and firecrackers.